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Autism Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Background and Policy Objectives

3.The Act’s main objective is to enhance the provision of services to, and support for, people with a condition on the autistic spectrum. The Act seeks to achieve this by means of:


amending Schedule 1 to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to resolve any ambiguity as to whether the term “disability” applies to autistic spectrum conditions; and


requiring the preparation and implementation of an autism strategy.

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Text created by the Northern Ireland Assembly department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes accompany all Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly.


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